VA (or vaginal atrophy) is an uncomfortable but common condition of menopause affecting over 4.5 million post-menopausal Canadian women. VA is a common, treatable condition where the vaginal walls become thin, fragile and inflamed due to a reduction of estrogen, otherwise known as estrogen deficiency. VA is characterized by symptoms of burning, itching, dryness, irritation and painful intercourse.
VA often happens during menopause as our hormone levels change. The loss of estrogen causes changes to the vaginal environment. When there is less estrogen circulating in our bodies, the vaginal tissues become thinner, drier, and less elastic, and the vagina itself can become shorter and narrower. These changes are a normal part of aging, but they can lead to uncomfortable symptoms.
The Canadian results from a recent international survey revealed both the physical and emotional impact of VA:
Unlike temporary symptoms of menopause (like hot flashes), VA will not go away on its own. In fact, it can continue throughout life. Don't ignore the symptoms. By recognizing that there is a problem, you can get the help you need, and fast. Your doctor or healthcare professional can tell you about mess-free treatment options that can help. Don't suffer in silence.
Any of these symptoms sound familiar? Which ones have you experienced?
women agree VA can have negative consequences on a woman's sex life
Make an appointment to talk to your doctor or healthcare professional today.